Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human

“AI: Machines that Understand”

Whether we think of an AI as a smart machine or as a tool for making us smarter, we are encountering them in more and more of our daily lives. They will soon be ubiquitous – and mundane – so woven into our daily experience that we take them for granted.

But what does it mean for a machine to “understand?” To understand what we mean? Or what we want?

And what do we become in a world where many of the ordinary things around us exhibit such understanding?

Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human is a festival of four original plays that examines what it means to be human in light of rapidly changing technology. 

This year we are collaborating with the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence to explore these questions and more as we return to Pacific Science Center on September 27, 28 and 29.